So, I did another thing! I should probably call this category of my blog the I-Did-a-Thing section because that’s when I’m motivated to share the most.
Anyway, my career is in a state of flux.
The contract I had to teach this past year expired June 15th. I’m still in the running for the full-time slot, and there is a chance I can get my yearly contract renewed if that falls through, but at the moment, my future as an Assistant Professor is unknown.
I don’t do well sitting idle, and even though I know in my heart of hearts I belong in the classroom, I can’t just wait around for the teaching position to come through. (Fingers crossed it DOES come through!) So I decided to Uber and do some web consulting work until I get word from the college.
So far I’ve only given 11 rides with Uber, and it’s been an adventure already!
I live about 15 miles from downtown Baltimore, so there is a lot of opportunities to drive here. The weekend before my recent vacation, I gave Saturday night a whirl. I drove people around from about 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Some of my rides included a group of friends heading to a downtown bar, an older couple going home after seeing a play, a young man going to work, a drunk high school graduate party hopping, and a young couple heading home from a night out.
Everyone so far has been super friendly. Most of my rides have been quiet, and I can get a sense right away if they are in the mood to chat. As an extravert, it’s hard for me not to try, but I do my best to read them and keep my mouth shut until it’s appropriate.
It’s challenging! But I love being outside of my comfort zone.
Out of those 11 rides, only one person rated me and left a review which I found odd as I rate every Uber driver I get.
In the money department, my earnings break down to about $17.80 an hour. I’ve been on the Uber clock a total of six hours and thirty-four minutes earning a total of $116.72.
Considering I work when I want for how long I want, I’ll take it.
This weekend I’m having dinner with a friend who has been Ubering for quite some time, so I’m hoping to get some tips. For now, I’m going to head out when it makes sense and try to take advantage of a few busy times throughout the week.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I tend to be the kind of person who wants to get where she’s going as soon as possible. So aimlessly driving around doesn’t appeal to me. However, every time my Uber dings to let me know there is a ride, it’s an adventure. Who will it be? Where are we going? I’ve already seen parts of the city I’ve never been to and taken routes I didn’t even know existed.
I actually like it more than I thought I would.
Speaking of signing up, it was way easier than I thought. All I needed was a copy of my:
- insurance card,
- registration, and
It only took a day for me to be approved.
Related, but not really, I also signed up for the GetUpsideApp. I don’t know how popular it is everywhere else, but the Baltimore radio stations have been pushing it for months now. I finally broke down and tried it for myself, and it does exactly what it says it does — gives you cash back for your gas purchases.
As you can see above, so far, I’ve earned $13.36, and there are a ton of gas stations in the area that participate. The most I’ve seen is $.09 back per gallon from a gas station around the corning from my house. So I’ve been going there the last few fills ups. The cash back builds up surprisingly fast, and all you need to do to get the credit is take a photo of your receipt. According to the app, some stations will give you up to .25 cents per gallon, but I can’t seem one yet.
If you are interested in trying it, sign up with my referral link and we both make $.20 cents on your first fill up — click here.
So I guess you can say I’m square in the gig economy now. It’s going to be an interesting summer, to say the least. Maybe as an Uber driver, I’ll have more exciting things to blog about besides “I-Did-a-Thing.”